In February 2009, Clem Pellet was digging through his family's mementos when he stumbled across newspaper clippings about the brutal murder of his grandfather in 1951. It was April when Clarence Pellet picked up Frank Dryman, a 19-year-old hitchhiker, alongside Hi-Line 60, just outside of Shelby, Montana.
Dryman repaid Pellet by shooting him to death, stealing his car, and then making his way into Canada, where he was eventually apprehended, returned to Montana, and finally convicted of Pellet's murder. Though Dryman was given a life sentence, he only served 14 years before he was paroled in 1969. By 1972, he fled the state, violating the terms of his parole. However, police where never able to determine his whereabouts and he's remained an absconder ever since.
It wasn't until Pellet's grandson discovered the truth about his grandfather's death that he decided to revive the search for Dryman. He quickly hired Patrick Cote, a private detective (Arizona), to find the man who murdered his grandfather and return him to Montana. Cote began digging and followed leads all the way to the Cactus Rose Wedding Chapel in Arizona City, Arizona.
Patrick Cote private detective COTE INVESTIGATIONS & ASSOCIATES, LLC, Casa Grande, Arizona, see link http://coteinvestigations.com/
See also Arizona Republic article; Paroled killer running wedding chapel took new name in rural Arizona.
Frank Ryman was discovered in Arizona last month, living under an alias and running a wedding chapel . Cote struck up a conversation with the Chapel's owner, Victor Houston. The similarities between Houston and Dryman were uncanny. Not only did they share the same birthday, but Houston also had the same tattoos on his hands that had been described by police 38 years earlier.
After contacting local authorities, Houston was arrested last month and soon admitted to his real identity. He was, in fact, Frank Dryman, a fugitive of the law and the man who'd murdered Pellet's grandfather. Apparently, Dryman had used at least one alias -- Frank Valentine -- before settling into his life as Victor Houston. He not only ran the Arizona wedding chapel, but he was also a notary public, entrusted to verify the identities of people signing legal documents. Apparently, Arizona's Secretary of State isn't allowed to run background checks on notary applicants.
Last week, Dryman was returned to Montana State Prison, where he may be forced to serve out the remainder of his 1951 life sentence.
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